High Feasts and Holy-Days

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Sunday, December 17, ‘When Christmas Hurts’
A special service for those for whom Christmas is a time of personal sadness will be held at 4:00 p.m. and includes Rite for Healing and Holy Communion.

Sunday, Christmas Eve
Family Service with Eucharist at 7:00 p.m.
Sung Eucharist (‘Midnight Mass’) at 11:00 p.m.

Monday, Christmas Day, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

First Sunday of Christmas, December 31
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 7
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Remembrance Sunday at the Cathedral, November 5, 2017

RWR band march 2008 SJACJoin us for worship at 10:30 a.m. on November 5th, 2017. The Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles — gazetted in 1883 and associated with this Cathedral since — will be with us, playing prelude, postlude, and several hymns. Parade to the Regimental Memorial follows immediately, with coffee, tea, cakes, and fellowship in the John West Hall to follow that. The Director of the Band is Lt. Ryan Wehrle. Welcome Rifles, welcome all!

Address: 135 Anderson Avenue, just off north Main, north of St. John’s Park, east toward the River, street parking, wheelchair accessible.

 

New ideas will take NEFC to next level: Mason

PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES AUG 30/2017 BY LIGIA BRAIDOTTI

After nine years of working in the North End, Kyle Mason has decided it is time for someone else to take the lead at the North End Family Centre.

Mason announced his resignation as the organization’s executive director on Aug. 16, saying it wasn’t a quick and easy decision but a matter of recognizing when his work was concluded. A new and fresh skill set is needed to take the organization to the next level, he said.

“I had a few people call me, text me, saying ‘OK, what’s the real story?’ I think sometimes people were expecting that there was more to it, but it’s really true and authentic to what I put out there,” he said of his social media announcements published on Aug. 16.

Almost 10 years ago, when Mason and his wife moved back to the North End from another province, he had the desire to do something good in the community he grew up in. Mason said his story is “the North End story.” Both his parents were impacted by residential schools. He was raised in a single-parent family that struggled to make ends meet, which he said is a circumstance similar to what people are facing in the community NEFC serves.

He realized many people were doing great work in the North End, mostly focused in North Point Douglas or Selkirk Avenue, but the St. John’s and Luxton areas had many of the same issues and fewer resources to address these concerns. He spent six months talking to the community about what their needs were and how they should be addressed.

“From day one I wanted to do things with people, I didn’t want to do things at people,” he said.

Since the beginning, Mason’s goal was to put on an organization that would’ve outgrown, outlast and outlive him. The organization has had a significant impact in the community and recently moved to a larger location at 1344 Main St.

“I may have been the person who got this ball rolling, but I don’t own it, I never have, and I never carried myself that way,” he told The Times. “It’s a vision that thousands of people have bought into.”

“I’m just one guy who is part of this whole system… I just played the part, and my part was to get the ball rolling and get this organization growing to its current state being.”

Mason added a good leader knows when to start something, when to lead something and when to get out of the way. Nevertheless, he is not rushing. He’ll stay until the board of directors finds a replacement for him, a person he will train.

“I could see this role needing to change somewhat in the future, and I think a different skill set is needed and I am who I am, I can’t change my skill set, so that’s one of the reasons I initiated the change.”

Mason said he will continue to be involved with the organization as a financial donor, future volunteer and in any other way the board asks him to serve. Furthermore, he continues to hold his position as the president of the North End Community Renewal Corporation and will continue to stay involved in the projects he cares about.

“I’m a North Ender. I’ll remain a North Ender after this.”

This difficult decision allowed Mason to reminisce on the great things he accomplished over the years and he said he is grateful for the people he’s met and honoured by those who have invited him into their lives.

“Over the years I’ve been through the good times and rough times with people. There are many cases where I’ve seen people coming through our doors where they are struggling in multiple ways to years later they are thriving and doing well, and they are happy, and they are healthy,” he continued.

“They’ve impacted me back just as much.”

RenewalWorks Spiritual Life Inventory

RenewalWorks is a catalyst for refocusing parishes (and the individuals in them) on spiritual vitality. It has been tailored to the Episcopal (U.S. Anglican) tradition, adapting 10 years of research that has uncovered key characteristics of flourishing congregations.

The RenewalWorks process begins with an anonymous, confidential, online inventory taken by congregants, exploring our spiritual life.

The Spiritual Life Inventory is available to all congregants online from September 10 to October 1. This survey asks us to reflect on our spiritual practices and beliefs both at home and in the church and will provide the groundwork for the four workshops to follow from October to December 2017.

We encourage everyone to participate in this first phase of the Renewal Works program to get a clear picture of where we are currently and how we can better achieve spiritual growth as a Cathedral community, leading up to and looking beyond our 200th anniversary in 2020. For those who do not have access to a computer, we will make computers available at the church and provide assistance for those who need it.

Connecting with the past

St. John’s Anglican Cathedral looks forward as the 200th anniversary of the Peguis Selkirk Treaty

From The Winnipeg Free Press, July 8, 2017
By: Brenda Suderman, reporter (brenda@suderman.com)
photo by Wayne Glowacki

(The Very Rev. Paul Johnson in the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral at 135 Anderson Ave.)

THIS month, Manitobans mark the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk Treaty, which was signed on July 18, 1817, between Thomas Douglas, fifth Earl of Selkirk, and Chief Peguis along with four other Indigenous chiefs. Later, Lord Selkirk designated land to establish Protestant and Roman Catholic churches. St. John’s Anglican Cathedral was built on the west side of the Red River, near Point Douglas, and St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church was established on a large land grant on th

 

e east side, across from The Forks. Brenda Suderman visits both cathedrals to understand the challenges and concerns of these two faith communities two centuries later. For more information on the upcoming anniversary events, check out peguisselkirk200.ca

 

Two centuries after a land grant established a church on the west bank of the Red River, the city’s oldest Anglican parish still searches to find its place in the community.

“How can we be of service?” asks Rev. Paul N. Johnson, rector of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist.

“How can we share in life together beyond these walls?”

That’s a significant question for a parish steeped in the history of Winnipeg. The expansive cemetery surrounding the Anderson Avenue cathedral is a who’s who of prominent city politicians, businesspeople and professionals.

“That’s our history, that’s our cloud of witnesses,” says parishioner Rene Jamieson, one of the writers of historical pamphlets on the graveyard and cathedral.

“There are some beautiful people buried in that graveyard.”

Located just east of Main Street between two city parks, the cathedral’s history reaches back to 1817, when Lord Selkirk and Chief Peguis signed the first treaty between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Western Canada.

Five years later, the first church building was constructed on the site, and by 1849, the church became a cathedral for the new Anglican diocese of Rupert’s Land.

“This particular cathedral really represents the birthplace of the Anglican church in the West,” Bishop Donald Phillips says.

“There is the whole sense of the historical importance of the Rupert’s Land territories and the church was very involved in it.”

With the parish’s history written on the gravestones and portrayed through the plaques, artifacts and stained glass windows inside the 91-year-old stone cathedral, it might be easy to remain mired in the past, Jamieson admits.

“People think we’re a museum. We’re not,” says Jamieson, a volunteer member of the pastoral team.

“We’re a live congregation.”

That living, breathing congregation of about 75 regular worshippers, of whom about half live within walking distance of the North End cathedral, continues to search out ways to connect with those beyond its doors, Johnson says.

Some of the connections are practical, such as hosting neighbourhood events, supporting refugees through nearby cathedral-owned Hospitality House, or providing hats, mittens, scarves and shawls to people in the parish and surrounding neighbourhood.

“Our prayers are extending outward and not just to people in the congregation but to people in the community who are sick and sad,” says Leanne Landriault, a member of the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Friendship Circle, of knitting items for people in need.

The cemetery also opens doors to helping out the living, as Johnson fulfils requests to officiate at burials and funerals, including a recent service for an elderly man he had never met.

Shortly before he died, the man told his neighbour he had a plot at St. John’s, and the neighbour and his wife arranged a funeral with Johnson, and were the only mourners.

“I think the main (purpose) is to make the connection between the past and the living,” says Johnson, an ordained Lutheran pastor who has served in Anglican churches for the past seven years.

He says that connection includes building stronger relationships with Indigenous people, and acknowledging their joint stories through the upcoming commemoration of the 1817 treaty between Lord Selkirk and Chief Peguis.

“We recognize, we appreciate, we give thanks for our heritage,” says Johnson, a member of the planning team for the 200th anniversary of the treaty.

“We also recognize we need to repent as part of our healing journey.”